Crowns are used to restore a tooth to its natural size, shape and color after a large filling or crack in the tooth has compromised the tooth. Crowns are almost always placed after root canal treatment because the tooth become weak and is likely to fracture. A crown will strengthen and protect what remains of the tooth and will improve your smile. Crowns are often made of all ceramic material and in some cases can be made in a single visit.
In order for the crown to be placed on the tooth 1-2mm of the tooth must be taken away and an impression must be made of the tooth. If the office has the ability to make crowns in a day it will be made and placed on your tooth in the same visit, other wise the impression is sent to a lab and your crown is fabricated there. If you have to wait on your crown a temporary is placed on your tooth and will be replaced with your crown when it arrives. When the crown is placed sometimes it needs to be adjusted a little to make the proper fit. After it is adjusted it is cemented to your tooth and is a permanent solution.
An alternative to an implant is a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.